“I went back to the office just destroyed, knowing what happens in this community,” confessed Julie Mandrell following the Program Review site visit for CASA of the South Plains.

This is Julie’s fifth year volunteering for Lubbock Area United Way’s annual Program Review process. Through Program Review, United Way invites community volunteers to review funded programs at the 23 Community Partners to ensure donor funds go to...


Keri Powell was nervous.

She wanted to mentor a girl through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lubbock program, but she didn’t have any children of her own and wasn't sure what to expect.

Powell met her ‘little sister,” Kiana, on Jan. 16, 2006. After trying to figure out what they should do for their first outing, the staff suggested she take Kiana to the McDonald’s down the street....

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Jordan was 14 years old when he entered the foster care system. There was constant change in Jordan's life. After going through a series of caseworkers and living situations, Jordan was feeling more alone than ever. All that changed when Jordan met Stu.

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